Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September Newsletter

Important note: September's Meeting will be on Sunday September 14th at 1 pm.

Upcoming Meetings

Just a few of the Bridget dolls from our Lucy Landry class.
September 14- Wings Demo by Andrea
October 18- Puppets by Erin
November 15- Challenge Doll Reveal
November 22- Annual Show and Sale
December 20- Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays

We wish you a happy birthday doll friends! This month we celebrate with Denise, M.J., and Mary McN.!

August Meeting Minutes

Janet's little birdies
Members Present: Nita, Ann C., Vicki, Janet L., Leslie, Jude, Julie G., Ron, Jamie, Darcie, Julie W., Maggie, Ann R., and Erin.

Before Show and Tell, we had three guests join us!  Janet L. found out about us, saw our blog and came bearing Show and Tell. She liked us so much she joined right away!  Jamie was visiting her friend Darcie while her family attended GenCon. We're lucky it coincided with the meeting, because Jamie is also a new member. Welcome ladies, we hope you enjoy your time with us.

Show and Tell

We had several Bridgets join us, fresh from the class with Lucy Landry. Lucy was a lovely instructor and a very sweet person. Thank you for teaching us so much, Lucy!

Janet brought two adorable calico birds. She loves the dollmaker Ann Wood, who specializes in owls and birds. Since we were having an Artist Trading Card workshop, Janet also shared her ATC collection. They are stored in a special album she made herself.
Janet's ATC collection

Ann C.- Bridget
Ann C. brought her Bridget dressed in green. Her face is beautiful! This is a good example of the wonderful pattern with a delicate figure and kneecaps and elbows to help strengthen her joints.

Maggie had some good news. She won a an award at the State Fair in a sewing contest sponsored by the French Seam. Congrats Maggie! She promised to show us next meeting.

Julie W. completed her Bridget. Her face is adorable, and her eyes match her purple outfit.  The costume is very detailed with gold trim and a lovely hat.

Jude - Bridget
Jude also finished her Bridget. Lucy must have had great tips for drawing and coloring faces, because they are all great! Her costume is accented by a beautiful cape and vest in brights that complement her hair.

Leslie's Bridget is almost finished. This one is so sweet, with an innocent face and yellow and green costume. Leslie has even beaded her a necklace and trimmed her leggings and dress in yellow.
Leslie - Bridget
Erin has been working on her Fae and Habitat challenge. She made cute mini sewing supplies while on vacation. These fabric bolts and balls of yarn are 1:12 scale.
Ann R. also brought her finished Bridget. She made a cute shawl with antique fabric that matches the dress perfectly.

Business Meeting

Erin's mini fabric
Jude reported $xxx in our treasury, but we still need to pay Lucy and Julie for the workshop. There will be plenty left after those checks are written.  Erin discussed the change from an email newsletter to the blog format. She is trying to change the blog layout so that the newsletter will still look nice when printed out (what do you think?).

Julie W. - Bridget
We will be switching up our Executive Board in 2015, as Leslie and Katie will be stepping down as President and Publicity Officer respectively. We may have tentative replacements, but if you are interested in these posts (or any other officer position) please let us know. Maggie has been tagged for Publicity, but she would like help with computer related tasks, such as flyers for the Show and Sale. Julie could move from VP to President, but that would leave the VP slot open. We welcome any newer members or anyone who hasn't been an officer to volunteer for our lovely board. We don't bite, I promise.

Julie G. has been asked to give another presentation to the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis North group about doll making.  Nita has volunteered to help her, and if anyone would like display dolls or attend, the meeting will be from 1 pm- 3 pm on Friday Nov. 7th in Carmel.

Odds and Ends
Ann R. - Bridget
Vicki won the name tag drawing, and Ann C. took Bonnie's round robin home to work on.

On October 18 & 19th Joan is hosting free lecture/ workshop by Golden Artist Colors at Ivy Tech. The lecture is at 9:30 and the workshop is at 1pm.  More information on introducing the new QoR watercolors and Williamsburg oil paints as well as other Golden products here.

The Indiana Surface Design Exhibition, a textile art show, is going on at the Greenwood Creative Arts Center until October 25th.  More information on the gallery information here.

Next Meeting

The Bonnie Round Robin- Stage 1

The One Stop Shop Hop is upon us. It is next weekend, September 19th and 20th in Lawrenceburg, IN (about 2 hours southeast of Indianapolis).  We will be setting up the booth on Thursday. If you do not plan to attend the event, please bring a few display dolls or sale items with labels (doll name, your  name, pattern by) and a and inventory list with prices to the meeting on Sunday. If you plan on staying in Lawrenceburg, the Hollywood Casino Hotel is offering a group rate of $79- $89 a night with code GRQU14A.

At the September meeting, Andrea will be giving a demonstration on wing making in time to work on the challenge dolls. Your fae doll doesn't have to have wings, but let's face it.  Most of them will.  You are welcome to bring your favorite examples of wings, but no supplies are necessary.

Julie put together a wonderful workshop on Artist Trading Cards. ATCs are playing card size artworks that are meant to be traded. Julie created kits with fabric, a face stamped on muslin and beads, etc. Then we went to work on our own ATC. Julie was even chosen to have some ATCs in the book 1,000 Artist Trading Cards, and received the ATCs in trade. Wow!
Our group diligently working on ATCs

Here we are working on the ATCs.  Thank you, Julie for a wonderful program!

Upcoming Challenges

Fae Folk and Habitat- Our yearly challenge will be a fairy house and a cloth fairy to live inside. The doll and habitat will be due on November 15, 2014.

2015 AFICC Club display -- A Bar Scene- Create a character (around 14-16" tall) that you might meet in a bar or nightclub. You may create just the doll, or you may add a setting of your own, like a corner booth or bit of dance floor. We'll display them together at AFICC in Columbus, Ohio, in April of 2015.

2015 Paint Chip Challenge

Choose a paint chip with coordinating colors and make a doll that includes those colors. This will be due at our next joint meeting with River City in May of 2015. If you haven’t received a chip, you can get one from Andrea or find one you like at your hardware store.

2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads of
Time’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL on September 19th, 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

September Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Display/ Sale Dolls with tags (Doll Name, Your Name, Pattern By)
  • Inventory List for Sale Dolls (if you are not attending the Shop Hop on Friday) 
  • Wing examples